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“Angry Enough to Give Them Battle”: Hungry Civilians and Soldiers Fight Over Food
by ECW Guest Post
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"Bummers" (Foragers) sketched by Edwin Forbes

ECW welcomes Katie Brown to share Part 3 of her research. (Find the previous posts here.)

Hunger was an omnipresent force that haunted almost everyone in Civil War America. One of the most troubling aspects of hunger was its impact on behavior and its ability to break down social norms. Hunger among soldiers was particularly troublesome when civilians became involved, even despite orders designed to limit foraging and seizure of private property. “Gen Franklin who was in chief command of the expedition up the Teche had given very strict orders against forageing, pilfering, etc.” wrote William Wiley of the 77th Illinois Infantry in November 1863, before explaining that despite this, his commanding officer had been instructed “to observe these orders but to tell his men that if they caught any chickens or geese or anything like that to be careful and not get bit. So we understood that to mean help yourselves but don’t give the general away.”[1] Read more of this post
 
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